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Storm Thorgerson signed Syd Barrett prints auctions finish today Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 25 October 2014

Storm Thorgerson signed Syd Barrett print auctionsThis afternoon, the pair of very special, and rare, Syd Barrett related Storm Thorgerson prints on eBay will be coming to the end of their auction period. The auctions are due to finish just after 4pm UK time.

In each of the two special auctions, there is an authentic, and personally signed, Storm Thorgerson fine art print. These are being sold by Syd Barrett's sister Rosemary Breen through us (with the approval of OneFifteen, the management team who look after Syd's affairs) with all the money raised being used by Rosemary for charitable causes.

Both are signed to Rosemary by the late Storm, and both are pieces of artwork he created in tribute to Syd. The first, for 2010's "An Introduction to Syd Barrett", was created by Storm for the following reasons. "Firstly, to be vivid and colourful to reflect Syd's creative imagination. Secondly, to be varied and diverse, which is why there are illustrations to all his songs, and thirdly to hint at the darker, sadder side of Syd's life, hence the mirror which is not a mirror, the feather trees of autumn, and the escaping swan, breaking free from the confines of upbringing and education".

The second fine art print is officially known as Tribute to Syd Barrett, but also known as 'S' for Syd, and initially (as Storm has written in pencil under the image), Green Doors. It was created by Storm for The City Wakes, a tribute event for his late friend Syd that was held in Cambridge 2008.

Both are handsigned by Storm and he has hand-numbered it to Rosemary as edition 1 of 1. There are no others in this edition for each print, making them very special. They are also framed.

An item such as this would grace any Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd fan's collections, as well as benefitting some great causes. With Storm sadly no longer with us, this now sold-out, high quality print will never again be available signed by the man himself, and with it having been gifted to Syd's sister, it makes it even more special. It would also be a wonderful Christmas present for the Floyd fan in your life.

With just a few hours left of the auction, you will need to get your bids in now! Good luck to all of you bidding on these very unusual, and special, items.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 25 October 2014 )
 
Pink Floyd - The Endless River EPK - part two Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 24 October 2014

Those of you who regularly visit our Facebook page will have seen this already this afternoon, but for those of you yet to join the gang over there, here is the second part of the longer EPK for Pink Floyd's upcoming album The Endless River. No indication yet how many parts there will be, but this is definitely worth watching, and also talks about the background to the recordings which became TER - and how they were originally going to be used.

If you missed the first part, you can see it here on YouTube. Now, here's the second part of the EPK for your enjoyment:

 
I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig - new book out now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 24 October 2014

I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig - Beau PhillipsPublished earlier this year in the US is "I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig", a book by Beau Phillips and including a foreword by Sammy Hagar.

Phillips is a former radio DJ, programme director and VP/General Manager of influential US rock stations, later turning his hand to changing the fortunes of MTV Networks output on television. This book spills the beans on his various interactions with rock's then upcoming superstars, along with rock royalty, who, in the eighties, set certain standards of behaviour backstage and in hotel rooms.

"I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig" is an absorbing and fun look at his experiences with the likes of Led Zep (and the inevitable throwing of TV sets from hotel windows), the excesses of ZZ Top, the kindness of Sir Paul McCartney, golfing with Jimi Hendrix's father, the tension caused by an interview arranged with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and the championing of various previously unknown stars. The book is an easy read, in a conversational style - you feel like you are relaxing in a bar, with Phillips regaling you with stories from his professional life. Some are "right time, right place" experiences, others clearly demonstrate the discomfort when things go wrong!

As the title implies, one of Phillips' stories concerns the inflatable pig used during the Floyd's late 80's touring. His radio station at the time negotiated the loan of it, to provide them with some great publicity whilst promoting the Floyd shows which were in town. Needless to say, not everything went smoothly, and Phillips tells an entertaining story of how things went so wrong, and his efforts to get Algie the pig feeling better.

It is now available in US bookstores, online from Amazon.com, and you can also order it (and find out more info) at PinkFloydsPig.com.

 
Roger Waters soundtracked When The Wind Blows - limited Blu-ray Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 October 2014

When The Wind Blows - 2014 Blu-ray releaseAppearing on November 11th, 2014, is the limited, special release of When The Wind Blows on Blu-ray. The 1986 adaptation of Raymond Briggs' chilling graphic novel to the screen by Jimmy Murakami features drawn animation and stop-motion sequences to tell the tale of Jim and Hilda (voiced by the perfect pairing of Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft), an elderly couple caught up in nuclear war. With a touching trust in officialdom, they do their best to follow the (at best ineffectual) official UK government booklet which was issued in the 1980s, Protect and Survive. Comedy and horror effortlessly combine in a film once seen, never forgotten.

The desperate situation they find themselves in is perfectly accompanied by the score - chiefly composed by Roger Waters, especially for this film. For many, it is amongst Roger's best solo material. Other performers include David Bowie, who does the title music.

Never previously released on Blu-ray, this special edition - limited to just 3,000, exclusively through ScreenArchives.com - will undoubtedly prove popular. Not least, the film, presented in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, is accompanied by a raft of features, including a new documentary and particularly key for Waters fans, an isolated music and effects track. The Blu-ray is not region coded, so should work fine in players worldwide.

With the limited nature of this release, we urge those interested to get their pre-orders in now to secure their copy. To reiterate, it is exclusively available from ScreenArchives.com. [Our thanks to Eskimospy for help with this story.]

 
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